Residents wonder if drains are working after street floods

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News 12 First at Five / Monday, July 1, 2013

Drain flooding

EVANS, Ga. (WRDW) -- The cleanup process is underway on Mitchell Lane in Evans.

While water was filling up the street in front of Sally McKinney's house, she could only think about one thing.

"I thought, oh my goodness, our house is going to be flooded," she said. "That's what I thought, the first thing."

Despite all the rain this area saw Sunday night -- almost 5 inches of it, as one water gauge told us -- some neighbors say they still can't believe that damage actually wasn't worse.

"It does surprise me that damage wasn't worse because the street was flooded. You could see it was halfway up to the mailboxes," McKinney said.

McKinney is relieved that her only cleaning will be there and not inside her home. However, she does wonder if the storm drain is what made her street look like a pool.

"We noticed the drain pipes weren't working properly and called our neighbor about it," she said.

Neighbors weren't the only ones calling. News 12 did some digging and asked if the pipes were clogged and if that's why the water level got so high.

Officials tell us, "We are planning to use the Water Department's camera to look into this matter. However, we think the drains may have been overwhelmed with the large amounts of water in a short amount of time."

So, as the county prepares to get to the bottom of this messy issue, News 12 asked McKinney how she can prepare for the next rain.

"There's nothing you can do," she said.

County engineers say they're working to get the drains inspected as soon as possible so they can pinpoint what may have caused the flooding. They say they hope to be out there with the Water Department by the end of the week.

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